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June 28, 2007

Re: Defining Martyrdom Down

I'm not sure I'd use the term "wuss" but there are some very low expectations at work here.

It reminds of something our greatest living moralist -- I refer of course to Chris Rock -- once said: he hated the way that some men "always want credit for [things] they're supposed to do." They'll say things like "I take care of my kids," to which Rock replied, "You're supposed to, you dumb [lumpenprole]. What are you talkin' about? What are you braggin' about? What kind of ignorant [nonsense] is that?"

Likewise, they'll say, "I ain't never been to jail." Rock's reply? "What do you want, a cookie?"

Unfortunately, just as in some social settings taking care of your kids and staying out of jail is cookie-worthy, in others putting your kids' well-being and need ahead of your own desires can seem like martyrdom. Like I said: low expectations.

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Kristine

It's good to know Bill Cosby has an heir apparent.

Brian

I saw that Chris Rock sketch and I agree with it. Yes, parenting takes hard work and sacrifice... that's what you signed up for!

Anna

I think Will Smith is a more likely candidate for Cosby's heir than Chris Rock.

Ken

Luke 17:10--"So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'"

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